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©2021 “I Am a Swan" Film Partners
©2021 “I Am a Swan" Film Partners
©2021 “I Am a Swan" Film Partners
©2021 “I Am a Swan" Film Partners

Broadcast Date

JP Release 2021.11.27

Episode / Duration

104 min

Cast

Hirokazu Sawae (澤江弘一)
Yuki Amami (天海祐希)

Film adaptation of Award-winning TV documentary

Storyline:
A tiny life takes on a life or death challenge amid the majestic grandeur of the Tateyama mountain range. Can a swan muster the courage to survive if it is unable to fly? A story sure to deepen your appreciation of life’s power and wonder.
In late autumn, over 800 swans from Siberia soar in to Toyama Prefecture in Japan’s Hokuriku region to wait out the winter months before heading back home again. In the spring of 2018, however, one particular swan with a broken wing was left behind unable to fly. It was spotted by bird watcher, Hirokazu Sawae (then 57), who has long been captivated by the grace and beauty of the swan and spends his time capturing their exploits with his video camera. Feeling for the injured swan, Sawae takes to feeding and monitoring its recovery, saying: “I want the bird to be able to rejoin his flock come next winter.” But nature is unforgiving and the law of the jungle still hold sway. Sawae had never seen a wild swan survive the sweltering heat of Toyama before. This will challenge every ounce of resourcefulness he and the swan can muster. In the process of the struggle, Sawae began to view the swan as a projection of himself. “It was as if the swan filled a hole in my heart.” “I am human, but I began to feel myself becoming a swan - one swan taking care of another.” Perhaps this allayed some of the hesitation Sawae felt about interfering with nature. Will the injured swan be reunited with his flock? Or will it take a miracle?

Awards: (TV documentary)
US International Film & Video Festival – Gold Camera
New York Festivals® TV & Film Awards - Finalist

Beyond the Boundary-I'LL BE HERE- Future

境界の彼方-I'LL BE HERE-未来編 경계의 저편 I’LL BE HERE 미래편   《境界的彼方》(I’ll be here 未來編)

89 min.

Akihito Kanbara has lived his life as a half youmu, being possessed by the most evil youmu, known as “Beyond the Boundary.” Mirai Kuriyama is a Spirit World Warrior with the cursed blood and is the only one who can defeat Beyond the Boundary. After a fateful encounter, they start to get attracted to each other.
The battle is over, and they can go about their normal lives now… Or so they thought. With no time to rejoice after miraculously saving Mirai from Beyond the Boundary, Mirai lost all her memories. Akihito, now a high school senior, starts to avoid Mirai thinking it’s for the better. Not aware of Akihito’s feelings, Mirai tries to get closer to Akihito. Then, someone who knows of Mirai appears in front of the two. With Akihito’s troubles in vain, Mirai once again sets forth on a battle that forces her to look within.

Beyond the Boundary-I'LL BE HERE- Past

境界の彼方-I'LL BE HERE-過去編 경계의 저편 I’LL BE HERE 과거편   《境界的彼方》(I’ll be here 過去編)

89 min.

It all began quite suddenly. Akihito, who appears human but is actually half yomu with the power to quickly heal himself, sees a freshman girl who appears ready to jump from the school rooftop. The girl, Mirai, who has the ability to manipulate blood, which is unique even among members of the spirit world, continues to fight her isolation. Akihito decides at that moment to save Mirai, but disturbing events soon begin to unfold.

Brass Dreams

仰げば尊し 우러러보니 존귀한   仰望師恩

85 min × 1 ep / 75 min × 1 ep / 60 min × 6 eps|8 episodes

It is called “The Musical Koshien”, the All-Japan Wind & Brass Band High School Championship. Regional rounds begin across the country every July, gradually narrowing a field of over 3,000 high school bands to just about a dozen for the finals. Amid the event’s long history, one public school is legendary for having risen from complete anonymity to national champion. In 1983, Kanagawa Prefectural Noba High School was a rough and tumble, low-rated school with a music room littered with cigarette butts and an inactive brass band club made up of hopeless slackers. But in the short span of 2 years, one man turned them around and made them national heroes. Based on a true story about a teacher named Nakazawa who spent 10 years guiding students to glory while battling cancer, this inspiring drama depicts two years in the life of a broken down musician (Koichi Hikuma), searching for meaning after suffering an accident that forced him out of a musical career, and the turnaround he orchestrates for himself and for the lives of his problematic students.

Flying Colors: How a Teen Girl Went from Academic Absurdity to an Elite University in One Amazing Year

ビリギャル~学年ビリのギャルが1年で偏差値を40上げて慶應大学に現役合格した話 비리갸루, 학년꼴치인 갸루가 1년만에 편사치를 40올리고 게이오대학에 현역합격한 이야기   後段班辣妹應屆考上第一志願慶應大學的故事

117 min.

Dyed-blonde student failure Sayaka mistakes a historical figure for a schoolyard insult, doesn't know north from south, or even that the earth is round. In her second year of high school, her academic ability is equivalent to that of a fourth-year elementary student. Then a meeting with a certain teacher, Tsubota leads to her taking on the seemingly impossible goal of gaining entrance to prestigious Keio University.
Although she once dabbled in delinquency, Sayaka begins to concentrate single-mindedly on her studies, which changes the people around her, including her family. All she needed was a teacher who she could trust wholeheartedly, and his unique approach to education. Sayaka and her mentor take on a challenge that seems utterly impossible, supported by her friends and family.

Getting to Know Beautiful Japan

美しい日本に出会う旅 아름다운 일본을 만나는 여행   探索日本之美的旅程

60 min series

So much of Japan’s natural and traditional beauty remains largely unknown. Picturesque townscapes, rows of merchant homes. Noble mansions of the samurai. Deep bamboo forests and cobblestone roads. Tasty delicacies and handicrafts known only to locals. This program sets out along the old highways to rediscover ageless “Japanese beauty”.
On long traversed-roads that multiply, there is history and romance.
There is the breath of life. Embark on a journey down numerous highways and byways in search of beautiful Japan.

LIBRARY WARS: BOOK OF MEMORIES

図書館戦争BOOK OF MEMORIES 도서관 전쟁 BOOK OF MEMORIES   圖書館戰爭SP

120 min × 1 ep|Ep 1

Iku Kasahara joins the ‘Task Force’, the special unit of the Kanto Area Library Defense Force, in search of her ‘prince’, a Task Force member who once rescued a book about to be seized from her by the ‘Betterment Squad’, the paramilitary arm of the Censorship Enforcement Agency. She does not remember what this man looks like, and is attached to the Dojo Squad, where she is trained to within an inch of her life by its martinet of an instructor, Atsushi Dojo.
She meets a Deaf woman, Marie Nakazawa, a childhood friend of an older member of the Task Force, Mikihisa Komaki, who is advising Marie on books she should read. Iku senses that Marie is in love with Komaki. Meanwhile, the librarian Asako Shibasaki is meeting frequently with a curator who has introduced himself as Shuji Asahina. Hikaru Tezuka, also of the Task Force, is fond of Asako, and is not sure what to think about all this.
Now Komaki is arrested by the Betterment Squad. A book he recommended to Marie had not been approved. Komaki is taken away, leaving the other members of the Task Force enraged at his detention on these dubious grounds.
To make matters even worse, Iku’s parents show up. They were strongly opposed to her joining Library Defense, and now her secret—the fact that much of her job involves armed combat—is revealed.
Will Komaki and Marie be torn apart? What fateful decision will Dojo make as confusion engulfs his unit? And how will Iku get through this?

Nurses of the Palace

まっしろ 새하얗다   純白

75 min x 1 ep. / 60 min x 9 eps|10 episodes

Screenwriter Yumiko Inoue and producer Hiroki Ueda join forces to spin a wholly new type of nurse story reminiscent of an ancient inner palace drama. Set in a top-class hospital where nurses cater to a very exclusive and well-heeled class of clientele, a once altruistic nurse, Akari Arimura, lands work in the hospital where the country’s most elite politicians, entertainers and intelligentsia spare no cost for pampered medical care.
Seeking a rich husband after enduring harsh treatment at her former place of employment, Arimura finds herself once again at the bottom of a rigid pecking order controlled by a domineering head nurse who makes life hell for Arimura and her fellow, low-ranking, “generic” nurses as they become embroiled in “palace” politics, infighting and romance. A moving and romantic tale of personal growth proving that nurses are human, too.

SAKABA: Bar Hopping Report by Rui Yoshida

吉田類の酒場放浪記 요시다 루이의 술집방랑기   吉田類的酒場放浪記

15 min series|100+ eps

This is a unique program that introduces “izakayas” (Japanese-style bars) in downtown Tokyo, where “any adult can drop by alone when ever he feels like it.” One izakaya began as a food stall 80 years ago, another one serves raw pork guts… Every izakaya serves its own unique variety of Japanese sake and dishes, and viewers can enjoy watching the reality of the dramatic lives of its people. The program features the wonderful drinking experiences of illustrator Rui Yoshida and offers an introduction to the humanity of the people of downtown Tokyo.

Stepmom and Daughter Blues

義母と娘のブルース 의붓엄마와 딸의 블루스   繼母與女兒的藍調

67 min × 10 eps|Eps 10

Miyuki Miyamoto is an 8-year-old girl who lost her mother few years ago and now lives with her father, Ryoichi. When one day a hard-working career woman, Akiko Iwamoto, appears and becomes Miyuki’s new stepmom, Miyuki resists, particularly seeing Akiko presents herself with a business card. But Akiko, determined to win over Miyuki’s heart, uses all of her business experience and acumen to the task. And yet, none of her efforts succeed. Ryoichi, too, tries desperately to persuade Miyuki to accept her new stepmom, but he is simply no match for his daughter’s intransigence. Nevertheless, Miyuki finds herself gradually thinking hard about whether to ultimately accept Akiko. The show paints a vivid picture of the ordinary joys and tears of everyday life, punctuated by the occasional small miracles.

Tamako Love Story

たまこラブストーリー 타마코 러브스토리   玉子市場之純愛物語

84 min.

INTRODUCTION
Reiko Yoshida pens an all-new coming-of-age story about the passion and purity of youth that will tickle and squeeze your heart. Yukiko Horiguchi’s renders exquisitely distinctive teen characters emerging from the throes of puberty into adulthood. Naoko Yamada directs a story replete with inexhaustible appeal and freshness. Three masters of the anime genre, forming a harmonious unit to cut one gemstone of a love story.

STORY
Spring. The start of senior year. Dusk. On the way home from school. Tamako, Midori and two friends discuss their futures with shades of trepidation and earnestness. Tamako responds with a casual air. She’s going to take over the family business. Meanwhile, her long time neighbor across the street, Mochizo, has come to a momentous decision. It augurs the start of many changes around them. Gradually, Tamako begins to feel a change of heart.